Town of Dewey
December 12, 2023
Town Board Meeting Minutes
1. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Chairman Duane Johnson. Others present were Supervisors Steve Dahlstrom and Gary Crosby, Treasurer Donna Meeds, and David Coon, Clerk. Also present were 7 town residents.*
2. All parties present were notified to turn off cellphones and other devices.
3. The Minutes of the November 14, 2023 meeting were approved on a Crosby/ Dahlstrom motion.
4. Minutes of the Public Hearing on Budget and Meeting of Electors were approved on a Dahlstrom/Crosby motion.
5. The Treasurers’ report was read and, on a Dahlstrom/Johnson motion, was approved.
6. The Financial review was conducted. Discussion was had regarding using $20,000 in the bank accounts to pay back a part of the outstanding line of credit. Motion to do so passed on a Dahlstrom/Crosby motion.
7. Daniel Breneman has requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build an additional residential building on his property that is zoned Ag. It currently has a residential building and other agricultural buildings on the property. Chair Johnson noted that the Town does not have veto power over the CUP request but can recommend whether it should be granted or not. Crosby/Dahlstrom motion passed to recommend the CUP for Daniel Breneman.
8. The Subcommittee on the Burnett County Comprehensive Plan, Rudy Kessler, Sharon Kessler and Bret Iverson, discussed their review of the Plan. Bret Iverson gave detailed comments as to the plan. Discussion was had as to what happens if the Town does not adopt the plan. There is no actual change in zoning with the plan. A formal vote to adopt the plan or not will be held at the January meeting.
9. Per State requirements, a slate of election inspectors/poll workers was presented and appointed for the 2024-2025 election cycle on a Crosby/Dahlstrom motion.
10. Discussion was had as to the recommendation of the Burnett County Clerk that all Towns pass at least a Resolution, or updated Resolution, to allow less than 7 election inspectors at any election. A Resolution was proposed to allow less than 7 election inspectors, but no less than 3 inspectors at elections held In the Town. Passed on a Crosby/Dahlstrom Motion.
11. Public Comment:
- The issue of gravel sales was discussed. Outstanding bills have been paid.
- Diane Hulleman asked questions related to the licensing of organized hunts on a deer farm in the Town. Chair Johnson noted that those issues are regulated by the DNR and/or DATCAP with the State.
12. Road Maintenance report by Mark Melton. The new truck holds more salt and sand so it is cutting down on the number of trips and time required. It is also stronger with more power. Discussion was also had regarding having an available relief driver for plowing if the need were to arise. Payment would likely be $15/hour based on current Town payment policies. Also discussed were the possible past agreements related to plowing and grading at the Maynard Mangelson property.
13. Other Business: None.
14. Monthly correspondence reviewed.
15. Approval of monthly expenditures. Dahlstrom/Crosby motion to approve checks #10441 to #10454 in the amount of $11,889.33. Motion carried.
16. January 9, 2024 was set for the next Board Meeting.
17. Meeting was adjourned on a Dahlstrom/Crosby motion. Motion carried.
*Esther & Jim Bernecker, Rudy & Sharon Kessler, Bret Iverson, Diane Hulleman and Jonas Beachy.